Silent Portrait Series

Jess Dobkin

2002, 05:15 minutes, colour, English


The artist performs three vignettes for the camera that break through internal boundaries and challenge the confines of role and identity. In "Composite Body," a modified dry-erase board is used in a process of creating a self-constructed body. In "The Mad Chef," the performer sifts flour in discovery of uncharted territories. In "Magic Trick," she chews bubble gum and then blows a large, pink balloon bubble out of her ass in the spirit of Le Petomane. These vignettes have also been presented as live performances.

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